Instant Messaging - Which One?

I used to use Pidgin for my instant messaging. Most of my contacts are (were) using Windows Live Messaging (WLM).
Last year Pidgin stopped working with WLM so I switched to Trillian.
This has worked fine up until now. Looks like Microsoft have either changed their protocols again or cut the WLM service altogether - replaced it with Skype I believe.
I don't want to use Skype - I prefer the simplicity of Pidgin and can chat most of the other IM services from the one program.

What Instant Messaging Service should we switch to which will work with Pidgin?
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Michael FowlerSolutions ConsultantCommented:
You could have a look at Google Hangouts
http://nowarpzone.com/using-pidgin-with-google-hangouts/
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Kyle SantosCustomer RelationsCommented:
Google has not made a definitive statement either way on the specifics of the shutdown, so I doubt anybody here can answer that for you. However I'd plan on expecting the back-end service being shut down since that is the likely reason that the talk client would stop working. As such, with no back-end, no third party client will work either.
reference - http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Internet_Email/Chat_-_IM/Q_28614027.html

HipChat is a great alternative if you're not tied to Google.
https://www.hipchat.com/

Let us know if you need anything else.

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akbAuthor Commented:
I'm not "tied" to any particular service.
I'd like to keep using Pidgin or Trillian.
I was using Windows Live Messaging but that no longer works.
I'm looking for a new Instant Messaging Service for me and my contacts.
What about Yahoo? Is that any good?
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Kyle SantosCustomer RelationsCommented:
I am not familiar with Yahoo's messenger, other than the fact that I plugged my id into Pidgin's client to be able to chat with my other contacts who are on Yahoo.  I still use Pidgin on a daily basis.

Another program I have come across, and others I know have used this before, is digsby.  They love it.  http://www.digsby.com  Maybe this will be useful for your contacts and yourself?  The demo video is nice and explains how it will work for you.
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akbAuthor Commented:
It seems that the future of Google Talk is an unknown and whether or not it will continue to work with third party apps is unknown so I will steer clear of that for now.
HipChat looks like it may have been viable with Pidgin but most of my colleagues decided to go with Yahoo! as it is familiar, easy to register and easy to configure into Pidgin.
Thanks for your suggestions.
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Kyle SantosCustomer RelationsCommented:
Great!  I am glad you were able to come to a reasonable conclusion for your team.  Take care and thanks for the points!
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